Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Lost Art


Bruce's grandmother made these wonderful dolls by hand. They have amazing details (tiny buttons, beads, guns & holsters, hats, pockets, etc). Each doll is only about 6" tall. There is no stuffing -just fabric rolled up which makes them indestructible. They all have faces that have been stitched to provide eyelashes, lips, and noses. All have hair even if they have a hat.

It's a lost art - using the needle and thread to make toys. Bruce's grandmother lived to be over 100 years old and left this wonderful legacy. If only there there was Ebay or Etsy in her day....she would have been a millionaire. But now we get to be the caretakers of these priceless dolls and we are millionaires in a different way.
(CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE SOME OF THE DETAIL. BRUCE IS EVEN IMMORTALIZED AS A DOLL...I REMOVED THE VOO-DOO PINS FOR THE PICTURE)

3 comments:

heatherh said...

Those are sooo cute! My girls would love those!

Ashley Samantha said...

She used everything for those dolls. She loved them. Stories say she used to take things of Great Grandpa's and cut them up to use for the dolls. Like his watch chain. He wasn't so happy about that one.

I really like her dolls too.

Rachel said...

That is so neat.

I've been pondering "lost arts" a lot lately. Candymaking, tatting...and you're right, sewing--especially to make non-clothes items--is right up there on the list.